Cold America. Geometric Abstraction in Latin America (1934-1973)
Manuel Fontán del Junco, Osbel Suárez
This exhibition set out to explore the complex and fragmented history of geometric abstraction in Latin America, its renovation, and how it differed from European geometric abstraction. Painting, photography, sculpture and architecture were represented through the nearly 300 pieces on display, some never before viewed outside their country of origin, together with an abundant selection of historic documents and texts, a good deal of them from the Lafuente Archive. The exhibition featured more than 60 artists from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Uruguay, Venezuela and Mexico. It was set in a specific time frame defined by the dates on which two artists returned to South America from Europe: 1934, when Joaquín Torres-García settled permanently in Montevideo, and 1973, the year Venezuelan artist Jesús Rafael Soto went back to his native city of Ciudad Bolívar to attend the opening of the museum that carries his name.